PETER Snowden and Kerrin McEvoy continued their recent dominance of the Sandown Guineas when Tatra emerged from an epic renewal with a slender win.
Tatra held out the Bart Cummings trained Lunar Rise and stablemate Proverb to claim the Group 2 race in a finish with centimetres separating all the three.
For Snowden and McEvoy the success of Tatra added a third Sandown Guineas to their success with Caymans (2008) and Kidnapped (‘09).
Snowden paid tribute to both his horses.
“These are two horses we identified early in the carnival as not being ‘A’ graders, they’re not (Caulfield) Guineas horses, but they are the next level down,” Snowden said.
“He (Tatra) is a very handy horse, but he’s not an ‘A’ grader.”
McEvoy said Tatra benefited from a nice run in transit and was able to rally when the challengers loomed.
He noted that he could hear Lunar Rise and Proverb surging, but added “my fella just dug deep.”
“He’s no world beater, but he’s a grinder and he gives his best,” McEvoy said.
Tatra, backed from $6 to $5.50, lasted to win by a long head from Lunar Rise, heavily supported from $6.50 to $5 favourite, with a short half head to Proverb, $7, third.
Hugh Bowman said Lunar Rise “star gazed” when he let him down in the straight.
“I had to really get busy on him, but I thought I had Tatra at the 100 metres, but Tatra was too good today,” Bowman said.
Steven Arnold described as “superb” the run of Proverb, which charged home the final 200 metres.
“You have to ride him quiet and give him the chance early. I got on the back of one that I didn’t really want to follow around the corner and had to come to its outside,” Arnold said.
“It probably just cost me that fraction, but he did run super.”
Edgewood, the eye-catching run outside the placegetters, ruined its chances when it bombed the start then ‘flew’ home to finish seventh.
Trainer Robbie Griffiths said Edgewood would now be gelded.